Burke Out Indefinitely with Fractured Right Index Finger
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Sean Burke today suffered a non-displaced fracture of the distal phalanx in his right index finger during practice at the St. Pete Times Forum. The finger was placed in a splint by Lightning medical director Dr. Ira Gutentag and Burke will not play for the Lightning this weekend. He will be re-evaluated by the Lightning medical staff next week. His status on the team's medical report will be listed as "out indefinitely." The team has recalled goaltender Gerald Coleman from Springfield of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.
Burke has skated in 28 games this season with a 2.92 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage while posting an 11-9-3 record with one shutout.
Coleman, 20, has appeared in 36 games with the Falcons this season and posted a 13-17-3 record with a goals-against average of 3.54 and a .890 save percentage. He has also recorded two shutouts.
The native of Romeoville, Illinois made his first career NHL appearance Friday, November 11 at Atlanta. He made three saves on four shots in a relief role. A 6-foot-4, 205-pound goaltender, he spent the past three seasons with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), helping them to capture the 2005 OHL championship and the 2005 Memorial Cup.
In his three seasons in the OHL Coleman recorded many notable achievements, including a 169-minute scoreless streak in February, 2004 that earned him OHL and CHL Player of the Week honors as well as OHL Goaltender of the Month honors. He led the OHL in save percentage (.931) and shutouts (5) in 2003-04. Last season, Coleman posted an astounding record of 32-2-2 with a goals-against average of 1.70 and a .941 save percentage during the regular season, ranking first in the CHL in each category. His eight shutouts led the OHL, as did his 1.71 goals-against average in the playoffs. He was named OHL Player of the Week twice during the 2004-05 season.
Prior to joining the Knights, Coleman spent two seasons with the U.S. National Development Program and played for Team USA in the 2001 and 2002 World Under-17 Championships. When drafted by the Lightning in 2003, Coleman became the first member of the NHL Diversity Program to be selected by an NHL team. He participated in the 1997 Willie O'Ree All-Star Game, and helped coach the 2001 game in Tampa.